The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

S is for Steichen #16

Helen Twelvetrees


Flynn D said...

How many times has her name been mentioned on local television stations over the years since Ralph Kramden mentioned her as a cast member of a fictitious late, late late show movie in the 'TV or Not TV' episode of The Honeymooners?

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Ms. Twelvetrees was also often name-checked, along with Maria Ouspenskaya by Johnny Carson's Art Fern character in the Tea Time Movie bits.

Flynn D said...

Thanx Sock for the Maria Ouspenskaya reference! Do we have a character actress today who can come close to matching the pure vinegar of her disapproving eye?

elizabeth avedon said...

TS: Is this photograph by Steichen?

swac said...

EA: Yes it is.